Twenty-eight runners have been included in 2016 Queensland Derby nominations; highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Howard Be Thy Name has been a standout through his current preparation and has been included by trainer Darren Weir in 2016 Queensland Derby nominations.
Making a strong transition to black type company when second in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) on February 5th, Howard Be Thy Name returned to the mainland for success in the Racing.com BM70 (1600m) on March 31st.
Breaking through for a maiden black type win in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on April 16th, the Redoute’s Choice gelding repeated the dose in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) before charging home to win the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 14th.
Debuting in Brisbane for third in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) a fortnight ago, Howard Be Thy Name will relish a return to a mile and a half in the Queensland Derby and should prove extremely tough to beat.
Godolphin are set to launch a multi-pronged attack on the Group 1 feature after including all of Ambience, Eschiele and Etymology in Queensland Derby nominations.
Capping a strong 2015 champion third in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m), Ambience clearly needed a run and more distance when eighth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, but progressed well to a credible fifth in the Group 3 Arrowfield Classic (1600m) on March 11th,
Failing to fire when tenth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), the Street Cry filly relished a return to a mile and a half when second in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Sure to have taken benefit from a first-up run in The Roses (2000m) three weeks ago, Ambience will be treated well in the weights as a filly, should she accept into the Queensland Derby field.
Taking out a pair of minor Sydney races over 1350m and a mile respectively through April and early May, Eschiele made a credible transition to black type company when seventh in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) on May 14th.
Running on for fourth in the Grand Prix Stakes last time, the Medaglia D’oro gelding appears primed for another strong performance this weekend.
Etymology has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin and is arguably their best chance of success in the Queensland Derby.
Ending his strong 2015 campaign second in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), the New Approach colt returned this year for ninth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before placing tenth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Enjoying a continued step up in distance when sixth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Etymology ran on for fifth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) before placing second in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) on April 25th.
Having run an agonizingly-close second in the South Australian Derby last time, Etymology is proven at the class and distance and is sure to lay a great account for himself once more on Saturday.
The 2016 Queensland Derby field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2016 Queensland Derby Nominations
|1||1×4271223||ADMIRAL JELLO||C||3||Kris Lees|
|4||28x8x221||CILLA (NZ)||F||3||John Sargent|
|5||76×1820722||COLONEL CUSTER (NZ)||C||3||Bjorn Baker|
|6||534x31x129||CYLINDER BEACH (NZ)||G||3||Desleigh Forster|
|7||2314×00056||DAWNIE PERFECT||F||3||Clarry Conners|
|8||58111×2842||EAGLE WAY||G||3||Bryan Guy|
|9||314×292021||ENCOSTA LINE||G||3||Chris Waller|
|12||5×2510||HARVARD (NZ)||G||3||Ciaron Maher|
|13||3221211113||HOWARD BE THY NAME||C||3||Darren Weir|
|14||2×02402086||I’M BELUCCI||C||3||Desleigh Forster|
|15||21×1113||IMPOSING LASS (NZ)||F||3||Bjorn Baker|
|16||51500×0504||IRON BOSS||C||3||Mark Kavanagh|
|18||321×510900||LAST TYPHOON||C||3||Robert Smerdon|
|19||1410111||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller|
|20||480×961316||MAVEN WIZ||G||3||Anthony Cummings|
|21||9×41413890||MULTIFACETS (NZ)||C||3||Chris Waller|
|22||1416×41||PROVOCATIVE (NZ)||F||3||Tony Pike|
|23||074×743447||RED ALTO||G||3||Paul Banks|
|25||686×95217||SLAUGHTER BAY||G||3||Bryan Dais|
|27||35218394||STAR ZONE||G||3||Brian Gentle|
|28||419×331||TAVI BAY (NZ)||F||3||Henry Dwyer|